Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Long Beach Leaders are Readers: Ellie Perez, LGBTQ Community Leader and Activist

Long Beach Leaders are Readers features leaders in our community as they share their recommended reads. This month, we have a very special featured leader: LGBTQ Center of Long Beach Interim Executive Director and community leader and activist, Ellie Perez. Ms. Perez has shared the following reading recommendation. Enjoy!

Pride and Joy

by Frank J. Sileo


My recommended book is “Pride and Joy” by author Frank J. Sileo, Ph.D., a New Jersey licensed psychologist, and a multi-award-winning author of 14 other children’s picture books and a parenting book. Dr. Frank J. Sileo is also a member of the YOU ARE WELCOME HERE Safe Spaces Alliance.

Pride and Joy is a book about being an LGBTQ+ ally and the little things we can do to make our LGBTQ+ family and community feel loved, respected, and supported. 

Visit Gay Long Beach and the Safe Spaces Alliance is excited to donate 4 copies of this book to the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. 

For more information on Dr. Frank J. Sileo’s work please visit his website. Follow him on Instagram here.

– Ellie Perez 

Ellie Perez is Executive Director of Visit Gay Long Beach, Co-founder of the Safe Spaces Alliance and Interim Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach

Learn more about Visit Gay Long Beach and the Safe Spaces Alliance here

Learn more about the LGBTQ Center Long Beach here.


Part of our Long Beach Leaders are Readers program includes inviting the featured leader to sign the inside of their book recommendation so that future patrons who check the book out will be able to learn about the significance of the book to our local leaders. Keep an eye out for the signed recommendations at your local branch!


Find “Pride and Joy” at your local neighborhood branch soon!